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Mrs. H. from Madison WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books as Mirrors: Diversity Books for Diverse Students

My students need to see themselves and their peers represented in numerous, high-quality books about diversity.

  • $1,897 goal

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My Students

The students at our school are third through fifth graders who come to class every day ready to learn and do their best. They receive instruction in English and/or Spanish Dual Language Immersion settings.

Students in the school come from diverse cultural, linguistic, racial, ethnic, ability, socioeconomic, gender, religious, immigration and family backgrounds.

Approximately 14% of students are African American, 11% are Asian, 8% are Multiracial, 37% are Hispanic/Latino and 29% are White. While the students are aware of how diverse our community is, they have limited access to culturally relevant literature.

My Project

As teachers, we are looking for authentic and diverse literature about a range of social justice issues, including: families; race; ethnicity; language; immigration; socioeconomic status; ability; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; and religion.

Social justice issues are often seen as too complex for children and thus avoided in discussions with elementary students; these books will allow our students to have child-friendly discussions about diverse topics surrounding equity.

After creating grade level book sets, the books will be used to support our school's monthly equity themes through read-alouds and lessons. These diverse books will help all our students make connections with literature and their own lives. Students will later have individual access to these same books in classroom libraries. This will help them feel safe, welcomed, and validated as learners and individuals.

Mrs. H.
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 450 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $20.99 3 $62.97
Four Feet, Two Sandals • Amazon Business $17.00 3 $51.00
My Name is Bilal • Amazon Business $16.93 3 $50.79
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.42 3 $46.26
Wings • Amazon Business $14.84 3 $44.52
The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening • Amazon Business $14.65 3 $43.95
Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 • Amazon Business $14.39 3 $43.17
Just Kidding • Amazon Business $13.98 3 $41.94
Ron's Big Mission • Amazon Business $13.69 3 $41.07
Stella Brings the Family • Amazon Business $13.47 3 $40.41
My Name Is Sangoel • Amazon Business $13.47 3 $40.41
Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $13.41 3 $40.23
The Sneetches and Other Stories • Amazon Business $13.33 3 $39.99
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.66 3 $37.98
My Princess Boy • Amazon Business $12.61 3 $37.83
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $12.10 3 $36.30
Jalapeno Bagels • Amazon Business $11.98 3 $35.94
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $11.98 3 $35.94
The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage • Amazon Business $11.98 3 $35.94
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $11.96 3 $35.88
Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $10.98 3 $32.94
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.98 3 $32.94
Landed • Amazon Business $10.98 3 $32.94
Zero • Amazon Business $10.75 3 $32.25
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 • Amazon Business $9.98 3 $29.94
Mama and Papa Have a Store • Amazon Business $9.95 3 $29.85
Up the Learning Tree • Amazon Business $9.95 3 $29.85
Home at Last • Amazon Business $9.95 3 $29.85
Grandfather's Story Cloth • Amazon Business $9.95 3 $29.85
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $9.89 3 $29.67
Worm Loves Worm • Amazon Business $9.44 3 $28.32
Allie's Basketball Dream • Amazon Business $9.24 3 $27.72
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.14 3 $27.42
Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom • Amazon Business $8.71 3 $26.13
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration • Amazon Business $8.69 3 $26.07
Confessions of a Former Bully • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
La princesa vestida con una bolsa de paper (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.85 3 $23.55
Brothers of the Knight (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $7.67 3 $23.01
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.67 3 $23.01
Benjamin and the Word / Benjamin y la palabra (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.58 3 $22.74
I Love Saturdays y domingos • Amazon Business $6.98 3 $20.94
My Name Is Yoon • Amazon Business $6.64 3 $19.92
La Mariposa • Amazon Business $6.60 3 $19.80
My Name Is Maria Isabel • Amazon Business $5.99 3 $17.97
Dear Mr. Henshaw • Amazon Business $5.97 3 $17.91
Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $5.59 3 $16.77
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote • Amazon Business $5.21 3 $15.63
The Great Migration: An American Story • Amazon Business $4.89 3 $14.67
The Story of Ferdinand • Amazon Business $3.43 3 $10.29

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